1A small gregarious toothed whale that typically has a beaklike snout and a curved fin on the back. Dolphins have become well known for their sociable nature and high intelligence.
- ‘The villagers say the dolphin population has halved in the past few years.’
- ‘A group of children saw dolphins swimming by.’
- ‘In Australia it is illegal to feed wild dolphins or for a swimmer to approach within thirty metres of them.’
- ‘Common dolphins are sociable animals and entire shoals - averaging five individuals - frequently die together.’
- ‘They go to watch sperm whales spout and dive or to swim with pods of dusky dolphins.’
- ‘No captures of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have occurred in the US since 1989.’
- ‘She pointed to the ocean and he looked and they saw dolphins jumping by the side of the ship.’
- ‘We passed numerous sting rays gliding along, then a large school of spinner dolphins leaping across our bow.’
- ‘Wild dolphins off the west coast of Australia were the first marine mammals in which cultural learning was observed.’
- ‘I saw a gray dolphin swimming alone, like a man in a serious suit.’
- ‘A dolphin leapt from the water, the drops of water sparkling and glittering.’
- ‘When curious dolphins swim around the boat, the team launches an inflatable boat.’
- ‘I think of trawlers catching dolphins in their nets.’
- ‘The purpose of the ban as stated in the accompanying documentation is to minimise dolphin mortality.’
- ‘In the State of Victoria it is illegal to feed wild dolphins.’
- ‘And captive bottlenose dolphins have shown themselves to be skilled at replicating computer-generated sounds.’
- ‘Spotted and spinner dolphins inhabit tropical seas around the world along with yellowfin tuna.’
- ‘She has also studied baboons in Kenya and dolphins off the coast of western Australia.’
- ‘Some Atlantic humpback dolphin populations are known only by a single specimen.’
- ‘The former group also gave rise to various endemic lines of river dolphins.’
2another term for mahimahi
3A bollard, pile, or buoy for mooring.
4A structure for protecting the pier of a bridge or other structure from collision with ships.
Late Middle English: from Old French dauphin, from Provençal dalfin, from Latin delphinus, from Greek delphin.